Originally posted by lazerman
It's ok.... It has heatpipes and looks similar to the XP-90 and it comes with thermal paste pre-applied.
True. It's called a thermal pad.
It's not that bad of a TIM, for standard use. IF you are overclocking, a much higher quality TIM is recommended. (Arctic Silver 5)
As far as the thermal pad goes, just peel off the thin paper that covers it, you're ready to attach. The problem with thermal pads is that they tend to harden up, rock solid after a few months. Which isn't good because during this hardening the material starts to form tiny air bubbles.